Here's How You Should Be Reheating Biscuits

Warm, buttery biscuits with flaky layers might seem like they can only ever be their best when they first come out of the oven. However, there really is no need to dismiss the reheated biscuit; there are indeed ways to achieve the same soft and fluffy results. While biscuits that have gone stale can be easily remedied by using the toaster or even broiling them in the oven for a few minutes to get crispy edges that soak up butter, there are several ways to revive relatively fresh biscuits, too. According to chef Austin Sims of, the key is to lock in moisture.

No matter how you choose to reheat leftover biscuits, though, there is always a risk of drying out the tender bread. That's why you should really avoid sticking them in any appliance to heat up without a little extra care. But once you know the best ways to ensure the biscuits will reheat evenly and without becoming stodgy, you can serve up reheated biscuits in a flash.

In the microwave

The quickest, easiest method for reheating biscuits is undoubtedly the microwave, but that doesn't mean the microwave will give you the very best results. With an extra step, though, reheating leftover biscuits in the microwave can ensure that the biscuits retain enough moisture while warming up, but they could still get tough if heated for too long, per Insanely Good Recipes. So, if you choose this method, you will need to tend to the biscuits rather closely.

To heat biscuits in the microwave in the best possible way, you will need to wrap each one separately in a moistened paper towel or dish towel. Heat them for about 45 seconds, followed by 15-second intervals until the biscuits are warm and soft enough for your liking. Avoid wetting the paper towel too much because if the biscuits get too wet, that is when you might end up heating them too long and ruining the texture.

In the oven

For the best results, you will want to use the oven. As One Education explains, the very best way to reheat any dish is to return it to the original cooking method, which is why the oven works so well for biscuits. Though this method does take more time, you don't necessarily have to wait for the oven to preheat. In fact, biscuits that come straight from the fridge can benefit from slowly heating up with the oven itself to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

You might need to pay closer attention to the texture of the biscuits. Those that have been in the fridge for several days and have begun to dry out should be covered with foil to help retain some of the moisture. Though Insanely Good Recipes suggests patting a bit of butter onto the tops of the biscuits after they come out of the oven, you might even want to add it before they reheat if they are very dry. Otherwise, the biscuits can simply be placed on a baking sheet and warmed in the oven for about 5 minutes.

In a hot pan

Finally, there is one more method that creates a similar atmosphere as the oven for reheating biscuits. That is why this is a great option for those who don't have anymore oven space — if reheating biscuits to go with a meal. suggests using a heavy pan on the stovetop to reheat cold biscuits. Note you'll need to wait for the pan to heat up before adding the quick bread.

To help keep the biscuits moist, you can brush a bit of butter or oil onto the leftover biscuits and wrap each one in foil. Combining added fat to the tops of the biscuits and an individual foil cover, the biscuits can steam while they reheat on the stovetop. Using a low heat, let the biscuits heat through on each side for a couple of minutes while turning them regularly.

And so there you have it: in the microwave, in the oven, or in a pan, no matter the method you choose to reheat your leftover bread, you can have hot, steaming, buttery soft biscuits again in no time; ones that can even compete with freshly baked ones.